Potentially Deadly Form of Caffeine, One Packet Equal to 25 Cups of Coffee

A powdered version of caffeine was blamed for the death of a high school athlete in Ohio.
1:40 | 07/19/14

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Back at home, a health warning tonight about caffeine. This is not about your morning coffee. This is about powdered caffeine which is incredibly potent, one teaspoon equal to 25 cups of coffee. After the death of a teenager, the fda is taking action, and ABC's Marci Gonzalez is on the story. Reporter: Tonight new warnings from the fda about a potentially deadly form of caffeine. We had never seen this before. Reporter: Caffeine in powder form, sold legally online. A small amount could be fatal. Just two months ago it was blamed for the death of this high school athlete in Ohio. He was just a terrific kid. I mean, he was a role model. Reporter: The coroner says 18-year-old Logan steiner died after taking the supplement. The amount of caffeine in his body, 23 times the amount found in a typical coffee drinker. You take too much of this and it's truly toxic. You're going to get disoriented, you may have irregular heartbeat, you may have seizures and it can lead to death. Reporter: Because the powder is marketed as a dietary supplement, it doesn't face federal regulations like caffeinated food. The fda is investigating, considering taking, quote, regulatory action. When you talk about caffeine in the form of food, coffee, tea, soft drinks, really generally incredibly safe. When you talk about caffeine in the form of a supplement, powder form, there can be risks and toxicity. Reporter: Caffeine powder is becoming more popular, especially with teens and people looking for a quick boost before working out. Because of this, health experts are saying they're seeing more people hospitalized for caffeine abuse. A lot of this us never heard

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